Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

The AAA screening for abdominal aneurysm is a noninvasive, ultrasound test that checks for an abnormal dilation of the abdominal aorta. The abdominal aorta is the major blood vessel that transports blood from your heart to your legs. This abnormal dilation results in a “ballooning” of the abdominal aorta that may potentially rupture.

Rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysms is the 10th leading cause of death in men over 50, but most people do not know that they have an aneurysm. An aneurysm can be effectively treated when it is diagnosed early, but rupture can be fatal in most cases.

Are you at risk?


  • Smoker
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes (sugar)
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Obesity (abnormal amount of fat on the body)
  • Sedentary lifestyle (lack of exercise)
  • Male over age 50
  • Female over age 55


  • Family history of heart disease
  • Family history of heart attack
  • Family history of stroke
  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Family history of high cholesterol
  • Family history of diabetes (sugar)

If you have two or more risk factors, a vascular screening is recommended. Talk to your doctor or call to schedule an appointment.

Schedule a Screening Appointment

We are happy to assist you in scheduling a Baton Rouge Cardiology Center screening appointment.

You may send a request to us through our online form here. You may also speak with a scheduling representative directly at (225) 214-7730.